Merriest Trees Fun Fold

Merriest Trees Fun Fold

Who loves a fun fold card? A fun fold gives me an opportunity to be creative in my card making and surprise and delight the recipient at the same time. Today’s card appears to be a traditional front-opening card. However, it’s not. The tree itself is where the card actually opens. See the photo below.

For this project, I use Stampin’ Up!’s Merriest Trees Bundle. It’s a favorite in the September-December 2023 Mini Catalog. This tree and die cutting technique I use today also lends itself to making some cute packaging tags or even standalone Christmas cards.

Merriest Trees Bundle Fun Fold

Merriest Trees Fun Fold

Here are some basic directions for making this card:

  • Basic White Card Stock base measures 5 1/2 x 4 1/4
  • Real Red Card Stock panel measuring 5 1/4 x 4 die cut with Tiny Christmas Trees Die (retiring and on sale)
  • Dotted piece of Vellum Basics measuring 4 3/4 x 3 1/2
  • Thick Basic White Card Stock measuring 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 burnished well and folded in half
  • Large tree stamped in Garden Green ink on above piece making sure the top of tree “runs off the page” at the top of the fold. (Be sure to watch the video below to see how this works.)
  • Die cut with large tree die, making sure the top of the tree is off the paper. You’re creating a folded card image.
  • Stamp sentiment in Real Red ink on die cut label (Cracker &Treat Box Dies)
  • Real Red ribbon
  • Iridescent Pearl Basic Jewels colored with Real Red Stampin’ Blends Combo Pack

How-To Video

As a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in Mesa, Arizona, I love to show you what I’ve been working on in my craft room. This Facebook Live replay from 12/5/2023, shows step-by-step instructions for creating this fun fold. 

 

 

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Making Spirits Bright Christmas Card

 

Welcome to Team Stamp It’s Holiday Blog Hop! Thanks so much for joining us! For this hop, we feature handmade cards and projects with a holiday and Christmas theme. Be sure to visit all of the blogs on the hop. Leave a comment on each for your chance to win a Forever Friends all-inclusive card kit.

Card-making inspiration comes from many places: other stampers, Pinterest, home decor, paint colors, and retail offerings. My holiday card share today stems from some holiday tableware I spotted at World Market. When I saw the dinner plate, I knew it would make a great card. See my inspiration below.

Making Spirits Bright Christmas Card

Making Spirits Bright Christmas Card

For this card, I used the fun tree die from the Reindeer Dies. Find this set of dies on page 166 of Stampin’ Up’s Annual Catalog. I die cut the tree from each of the sheets included in the 2022-2024 In Color 12 x 12 Textured Specialty Paper. The colors include: Parakeet Party, Orchid Oasis, Starry Sky, Tahitian Tide, and Sweet Sorbet. The paper has a bit of shimmer and makes this card so fun and festive. 

Stampin' Up! Reindeer Dies

Here are a few other details about this card to help you make it at home:

  • Thick Basic White Cardstock measuring 8 1/2 x 4 1/2, scored and folded at 4 1/2
  • Basic White Cardstock panel measuring 5 1/4 x 4
  • Die cut tress from the 2022-2024 In Color Specialty Paper
  • Sentiment from Joy of Noel stamp set (September-December 2023 Mini Catalog) in Sweet Sorbet. (Note: The Joy of Noel Stamp set is being retired and won’t be available after January 3, or while supplies last.) 
  • Parakeet Party 1/8″ Metallic Woven Ribbon
  • 2022-2024 In Color Pearls

I hope you enjoyed this festive, handmade holiday card using some non-traditional colors. Please let me know if you have questions about any of the Stampin’ Up! products used here.

Be sure to visit all of the stampers participating in today’s blog hop. You’re sure to gain inspiration for your holiday crafting. Leave a comment for an opportunity to win the Forever Friends card kit.

Congrats to last month’s winner: Joan Ballanger.

List of Participating Blogs

Blog Hop Index

 

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Brewed for You Holiday Spirits

Brewed for You Holiday Spirits

When you sit down to create a handmade greeting card, do you feature just one stamp set? Or do you mix and match? Normally, I like to work with just one set. I love seeing all of the different ways I can use the images and the sentiments. But, other times, it’s fun to dig into the stamp stash and have some fun.

Today, I show a card created using Stampin’ Up!’s Joy of Noel stamp set from the September-December 2023 Mini Catalog in conjunction with the Brewed for You stamp set and coordinating Brewed Dies found in Stampin’ Up!’s 2023-2024 Annual Catalog. (Please note: The Joy of Noel stamp set is retiring and is available while supplies last. If you like it, purchase it sooner rather than later. I don’t want you to be disappointed if it sells out. Click here to visit Stampin’ Up!’s online store to see which products from the September-December 2023 Mini Catalog are being retired. Some are discounted up to 60 percent off.)

I think it’s fun to pair the drink glasses in Brewed for You with the Joy of Noel’s sentiment “Making Spirits Bright.”

Stampin' Up! Brewed for You

 

Stampin' Up! Joy of Noel

Brewed for You Holiday Spirits

Here are a few details about the card shown at the top of this post.

  • Cherry Cobbler card base measuring 8 1/2 x 5 1/2, scored and folded at 4 1/4
  • Basic White layer measuring 5 1/4 x 4, emboss three-quarters of the sheet with Snowflake Sky 3D Embossing Folder
  • Sentiment from Joy of Noel stamped in Cherry Cobbler
  • Outside of glass image stamped in Black Memento
  • Glass contents stamped with Cherry Cobbler
  • Ink glass contents stamp with Versamark and stamp on top the Cherry Cobbler image, apply Clear Embossing Powder, and heat with heat gun
  • Die cut with coordinating die from Brewed Dies
  • Dotted design from Regals 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper Stack
  • White Baker’s Twine
  • Festive Pearls

Here’s another card using the same concept but with just a little different design.

Brewed for You Holiday Spirits

Looking for other ways to use the Joy of Noel Bundle? Click on the links below to read the blog posts:

Joy of Noel Making Spirits Bright: Learn how to watercolor with Wink of Stella

Joy of Noel Free Tutorial

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today. I hope you enjoy these two cards using two fun and different Stampin’ Up! stamp sets and products.

Kim

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Joy of Noel Making Spirits Bright

Joy of Noel Making Spirits Bright

Do you love to color your stamped images? Or do you prefer not to color stamped images? I’m usually in a hurry to make a stack of quick and easy cards, so I stay away from coloring. But, today, I show you a fun and beautiful coloring technique perfect for use with Stampin’ Up!’s Joy of Noel Bundle. Find it in Stampin’ Up!’s September-December 2023 Mini Catalog. If you love this bundle, be sure to grab it. It’s being retired and won’t be available much longer.

Stampin' Up! Joy of Noel

Stampin’ Up! offers so many ways to color images — from Stampin’ Blends to Watercolor Pencils to Blender Pens and more. But did you know you can watercolor with the Wink of Stella pen? This accessory is generally used to sparkle and shine to projects. Be sure to watch the video below to see exactly how I watercolor with Wink of Stella to create this gorgeous handmade Christmas card.  (The picture doesn’t adequately show the shimmer of this beautiful card, so be sure to try it yourself.)

Joy of Noel Making Spirits Bright

Here are some details about this card:

  • Thick Very Vanilla Card Stock base measuring 11 x 4 1/4, scored and folded at 5 1/2
  • Joy of Christmas Designer Series Paper measuring 5 1/4 x 4
  • Very Vanilla Card Stock 4 1/4 x 3
  • Stamp image with Black Memento 
  • Old Olive, Shaded Spruce, and Cherry Cobbler reinkers
  • Dip tip of Wink of Stella into reinkers and color image
  • Gold Foil accents measuring 1/2″ x 4 1/4″
  • Linen Thread
  • Gold Festive Pearls

How to Video

Enjoy this Facebook live replay from November 21, 2023. From my craft room in Mesa, Arizona, I give step-by-step instructions for creating this card. 

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and fun coloring technique using Wink of Stella. 

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Kim

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Merriest Trees Shaker Card

Merriest Trees Shaker Card

Every once in awhile, the scraps and leftover pieces on the craft table serve to inspire another project. I had a pile of little trees — remnants of Stampin’ Up!’s Tiny Christmas Trees Die — sitting on my table. A friend asked what I was going to do with all those little pieces. Create a shaker card, of course.

Stampin' Up! Tiny Christmas Trees Die

Today, I’m sharing that fun shaker card project with you.

Merriest Trees Shaker Card

Here are measurements for the projects and a recap of the Stampin’ Up! products I used:

  • Thick Basic White Card Stock measuring 8 1/2 x 5 1/2, scored and folded at 4 1/4
  • A Walk in the Forest Designer Series Paper (tree design), measuring 5 1/2 x 4 1/4
  • Thick Basic White Card Stock measuring 5 1/4 x 4, die cut with largest tree from Merriest Trees Dies, and embossed with Snowflake Sky 3D Embossing Folder
  • Window Sheets, 5 x 3 3/4 (2)
  • Sentiment from Merriest Trees heat embossed in gold
  • Foam Adhesive Strips
  • Festive Pearls (gold)
  • Gold 1/8″ Trim (Online Exclusive)
  • Mini die cuts trees from Tiny Christmas Tree Die (Old Olive)

Be sure to watch the video below. I give step-by-step instructions from my craft room in Mesa, Arizona, to help you create this project at home.

Shaker Card How to Video

 

Did you know the A Walk in the Forest Designer Series Paper (used in today’s shaker card project) s a “give back” product? That means that Stampin’ Up! donates $3 from the sale of each package will be donated to organizations helping kids having a good Christmas. 

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Thanks so much for visiting my blog today. I hope you’re inspired to go get into your craft room and create. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks,

Kim

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